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Windows Server, Hyper-V, Azure links and related articles November 2015 - February 2016

Microsoft Download CenterSystem Center MP for Windows Server Operating SystemSystem Center MP for Windows Azure PackScriptsDeploy or Rebuild Hyper-V Virtual Switches and EthernetHow to Search Roles & Feature  in Windows Servers    (Installed / Not InstalledPowerShell - Collect Server InfoDeploy a new Virtual Machine (VM) in Hyper-VUnderstand Microsoft Hyper Converged SolutionDiag-V - A Hyper-V Diagnostic Utility Hyper-V cloning from VHD/VHDXHyper-V: Get RAM and vCPU assignments per VM and summed upInstall Remote Server Admin Tools Server 2012 R2Windows Server Container ManagerHyper-V VM Performance Monitor (PowerShell)Script Doc Windows ServerNew Windows Server LicensingWindows Server 2016 moving to per core, not per socket, licensing   ARSBeware hidden costs of Microsoft's new Windows Server licensing  InfoWorldWindows Server 2016 licensing FAQ ( PDF) http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/2/9/7290EA05-DC56-4BED-9400-138C5701F174/WSSC2016LicensingFAQ.pdf …Server & Tools BlogsUpdated guide for deploying Software Load Balancer using Microsoft VMM 2016 Tech Preview 4 Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 10 AVC/H.264 improvements in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 Technical PreviewManage your Windows Server from anywhereIntroducing Server management toolsExploring Nano Server for Windows Server 2016Zero to SDN in under five minutesClarifying our hardware platform supportSetting up Port Mirroring to Capture Mirrored Traffic on a Hyper-V Virtual MachineWindows Server 2012 R2 VPN Interoperability with Cisco ASASetting up Linux Operating System Clusters on Hyper-V (1 of 3) Sarah CooleySetting up Linux Operating System Clusters on Hyper-V (2 of 3)Discrete Device Assignment — Guests and LinuxDiscrete Device Assignment — GPUsDiscrete Device Assignment — Machines and devicesDiscrete Device Assignment — Description and backgroundAnnouncing the release of Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4VMQ Deep Dive, 3 of 3VMQ Deep Dive, 2 of 3VMQ Deep Dive, 1 of 3Ben Armstrong's BlogBuilding your own integration service for Hyper-VChanges to Remote Management using Hyper-V ManagerHyper-V Documentation for All!CimSession now works with Hyper-V PowerShell cmdletsWhy are there two Hyper-V PowerShell modules in Windows 10?Using a hypervisor to secure your desktop – Credential Guard in Windows 10Windows 10 Build 10565: Creating VMs with different versionsNested Virtualization in Windows 10 Build 10565Do you have the right updates on your Hyper-V Cluster?NanoServerIntroducing Server management toolsIIS, ASP.NET Core, Tomcat, and WordPress on Nano ServerUpdating Nano Server using Windows Update or Windows Server Update ServiceDownload just Nano Server in a VHD (Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4)Introducing the Nano Server Recovery ConsoleDeploying Nano Server to a Bare-Metal Machine using a WIM and WinPENano Server IaaS Image in the Azure GalleryNano Server ContainersCANITPROStep-By-Step: Downgrading A Windows Server Domain and Forest Functional LevelStep-By-Step: deploying Nano Server using WDSStep-By-Step: Managing Your Nano ServersTechNetBuilding Your Hybrid Cloud - Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016 Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO (Part 9)Microsoft Azure-blogResize virtual machines Announcing more open options and choice on Microsoft Azure Announcing new Log Analytics (OMS) resource for Azure VMsOptimize your network infrastructure for Microsoft’s cloudMicrosoft loves Linux: Deep dive blog seriesRunning Debian in AzureAnnouncing Microsoft Azure Backup ServerPetriA Tale of Two AzuresHyper-V Predictions for 2016What’s New in Windows Sever 2016 Technical Preview 4Windows Server 2016 Feature: ReFS Accelerated VHDX OperationsNano Web-Based GUI Management Tools PreviewEnable Nested Hyper-V Virtualization in Windows 10 Build 10565Windows Server Containers Networking How Windows Server Containers WorkVirtualizationadminHow to Disable RunAs Accounts in SCVMMCreate Checkpoint of a Virtual Machine running on a Remote Hyper-V HostTaking a Close Look at Hyper-V Host Properties in SCVMM 2012 R2 (Part 4)Taking Control of VM Sprawl (Part 13)Hyper-V Optimization Tips (Part 2)Protecting VMs in Azure using Azure BackupGetting Started With Azure Pack (Part 10)Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure using Azure Resource Manager - PowerShell API Windows and Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 20164sysopsUsing Docker commands to manage Windows Server 2016 Containers Create Hyper-V containers in Windows Server 2016How to install Nano Server, step by stepConfigure DHCP with PowerShell in Windows Server 2012 R2 and above Four ways to save money on your Azure virtual machinesAzure AD Domain Services overviewOverview of the Task Manager in Windows Server 2012BlogsCluster: A Simple Cluster Storage Setup Guide  MPECS Inc. BlogCluster 101: Some Hyper-V and SOFC Cluster BasicsHyper-V 101: What Windows Server Media Should I Use           Deploying Nano Server to Microsoft Azure  A. BriseboisMy Early Experience With Azure Backup Server  Aidan FinnRussinovich on Hyper-V ContainersWindows Server 2016 Licensing is AnnouncedSetup Windows Containers on Nano Server  Thomas MaurerHow to create a Nano Server ImageSwitch a Windows Server Container to a Hyper-V ContainerHyper-V Virtual Switch using NAT ConfigurationBasic Networking PowerShell cmdlets cheatsheet to replace netsh, ipconfig, nslookup and moreManage Nano Server and Windows Server from Azure using Remote Server Management ToolsHardware requirements for Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview (POC)Microsoft Azure Stack Single Server POC Deployment part2 James van den BergMicrosoft Azure Stack Single Server POC Deployment part1Managing network resources in System Center 2016 TP Virtual Machine ManagerFree Microsoft Architecting HybridCloud Environments whitepaperWindows Container Host Deployment on NanoServer Hyper-V nested VirtualizationMicrosoft Windows Containers a New Ecosystem for Developers and ITproMicrosoft Azure Backup D2D and for Longtime Protection D2D2CMicrosoft Windows Server 2016 TP4 Overview is Available Microsoft Linux Integration Services Version 4.0.11 for HyperVComparing VMware vSwitch with SCVMM Network Virtualization Raihan Al-BeruniUnderstanding Network Virtualization in SCVMM 2012 R2How to implement hardware load balancer in SCVMMComputerworldMicrosoft leaves Windows Server support as-is, doesn't prune pledged timelineWindows Server 2016 could cost you more than you thinkThe best new features in Windows Server 2016InfoWorldGood news: Microsoft isn't phoning in Windows Server 2016 Microsoft fixes Hyper-V bug in Windows5 new Azure features you need to hear aboutWindowsNetworkingMigrating DNS servers from Linux to Windows (Part 1)Associating a domain name with an Azure websiteActive Directory InsightsHybrid Network Infrastructure in Microsoft Azure How to Successfully Create a Hyper-V Cluster Using Virtual Machine Manager VideosWindows Server 2016 TP 4, Nano Server, Containers, AzureAzure Automation DSC Part 2 - Configurations Basics (Channel 9)Azure Automation DSC Part 1 - Introduction (Channel 9) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016 (Channel 9) Top Ten Windows Server 2016 Features (Channel 9)Exploring Nano Server for Windows Server 2016 with Jeffrey Snover  (Channel 9)Container Fundamentals | Part 5 - Hyper-V Containers (Channel 9)Container Fundamentals | Part 4 - Resource Management (Channel 9)Container Fundamentals | Part 3 - Shared Folders (Channel 9)Container Fundamentals | Part 2 - Images, Networking & Portability (Channel 9)Introducing Hyper-V Containers (Channel 9)Container Fundamentals | Part 1 - Introduction (Channel 9)Storage Spaces Direct - Deploying End-to-End (Channel 9)Windows Server 2016 Preview: Storage Spaces Direct Overview (Channel 9)Demo: Nano Server Developer Experience (Channel 9)Demo: Building a Nano Server VHDX for a Hyper-V VM (Channel 9)Demo: Nano Server in a Container running IIS & ASP.NET 5 (Channel 9)Creating AppX Packages for Nano Server with the WiX Toolset (Channel 9)Storage Spaces Direct - Deploying End-to-End (Channel 9)Storage Replica - Reversing Replication (Channel 9)Storage Replica - Creating a Storage Replica Partnership (Channel 9)Storage Replica - Running the Test Report (Test-SRTopology) (Channel 9)Cool features in Hyper-V that you must investigate (Channel 9)Windows Server 2012 R2How to Setup and Use Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials  (Channel 9)How to Reduce Cost and Grow Your Business with Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2 – Part 1  (Channel 9)Related PostsNew Links for Windows Server, Hyper-V, Azure / July - October 2015Windows Server 2016 TP3, RSAT for Windows 10New Links for Windows Server, Hyper-V, Azure / May - June 2015New Links for Windows Server, Hyper-V, Azure / March - April 2015New Links for Windows Server, Hyper-V, Azure / January - February 2015Windows Server 2012 R2 / Hyper-V / Azure Links & VideosUseful Links for Windows Server 2012 R2 / Hyper-V Server 2012 R2via Microsoft
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

How to manage free Hyper-V Server and Windows Server Core

Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 TP4, making lots of exciting new features available to the public. How to access all the different versions of free Hyper-V Server and Windows Server Core if you need to maintain older versions on site? Managing everything from a command line is very time-consuming.The easiest way to manage multiple versions of Hyper-V is to use vtUtilities.vtUtilities support multiple versions of Windows Server which means you can run WinServ 2016 TP3, WinServ 2008/2008R2, WinServ 2012/2012R2 side by side.One of the greatest  advantages of vtUtilities is that you can manage Windows Server 2008R2/2012R2 as well as Windows Server 2016 (now available as Technical Preview) from Windows 10 as well as from Windows 7 and Windows 8. Please note, what Windows Server 2016 is still under development and thus technical support is not available for this version of Windows.Here are configurations supported by vtUtilities :Hypervisor version                          Windows versionWinServ 8R2                                    Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1WinServ 2012                                   Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10WinServ 2012R2                              Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10WinServ 2016TP4                            Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10vtUtilities present a number of capabilities what go far beyond the basic maintenance tasks such as creating or removing virtual machines and managing them locally and/or remotely. The tool offers a unified  GUI console that provides centralized administration of Hyper-V hosts, virtual networks & clusters and can replace such tools as Hyper-V Manager, Failover Cluster Manager, PowerShell and RSAT.vtUtilities can be installed locally on Hyper-V host allowing to troubleshoot and fix network connections and related problems what cannot be resolved via remote management.vtUtilities designed to  provide the GUI for Replication, including support for extended replicaGuest migrationVHDXVirtual Fibre Channel AdaptersVirtual Network Management ( including the management of virtual connections and bindings)Advanced Virtual Switch Management (including port-level access control)File system views and operationsGuest configuration management (including support for Gen 2 virtual machines)Server manager viewNew virtual machine wizard, Import virtual machine wizardHyper-V settings managementDiagnostic and troubleshooting (including real-time performance monitoring of host and guesta, access to Hyper-V event log and asynchronous Hyper-V tasks history)Failover Clustering for high availability The latest version of vtUtilities features a GUI with integrated Cluster Management. Hyper-V clustering is supported on Widows and Hyper-V Servers 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and features support for cluster summery information (including failover clustering events) andcluster nodes management.You can connect to the existing clusters by using vtUtilities 'Select View' dialogue:Discover all Hyper-V clusters in AD:Overview cluster summery information and get easy access to the selected Windows failover cluster eventsView and manage status of cluster nodesView and fully manage cluster rolesVirtual Machines result view in vtUtilities Cluster Manager displays a list of all VMs configured for high availability with a possibility to start/stop a corresponding cluster node, move VM or its storage to a different cluster node, configure (add) another VM from any cluster node as highly available or remove cluster role for highly available VM.Hyper-V Replica BrokerInstallation of vtUtilitiesThe product requires a 64-bit versions of Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 and any version of Windows Server you're intending to use: Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2 and the latest Windows Server 2016 TP3.vtUtilities also can be used on 64-bit versions of Windows what don't support Hyper-V role.Other prerequisites include x64-based processors and .NET 3.51 or later.See our getting started guide for instructions.Pricing One-time fee $120 for a permanent license.TrialA 7-day free trial for registered customers can be downloaded here  vtUtilities Free TrialvtUtilities are certified for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and listed in Windows Server Catalog
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